A World Wide Web for Robots Now Exists

Scientists hope to demonstrate the power of a "common brain" for robots

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This picture taken on January 20, 2011 shows the Eindhoven High Tech Campus (HTC).

EU-funded scientists are publicly demonstrating a worldwide web for robots that will allow connected robots to share information, collaborate on simple tasks and hopefully not plot the overthrow of their human masters.

For now, the network will remain limited to four harmless robots, according to the BBC. They will connect to a network called RoboEarth that will go on public demonstration at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands.

Once online, the robots will assist patients in a hospital setting. One will upload a map of the room, which it can use to guide another robot to serve drinks, while a third will resist the urge to place a pillow over the patient’s face while she’s sleeping.

All kidding aside, one artificial intelligence expert told the BBC that safeguards should be put into place now to prevent unintended evolutions later.

The goal of the project is to create a “common brain” for robots that will transmit the algorithms for simple tasks to any robot on the network rather than force programmers to code the instructions into robots one by one, wasting valuable processing power.

[BBC]

2 comments
JessH.Brewer
JessH.Brewer

I figure we have maybe five more years of imagining ourselves to be the end product of evolution, then we learn the truth.  The idea of hyperintelligent robots wiping out all biological life is just silly -- if they're hyperintelligent, they will recognize what we haven't:: the intrinsic value of a rich ecosystem in which billions of years of evolution have solved problems that mere processing power can't.  On the other hand, when one species gets completely out of control and starts devouring all the rest indiscriminately, anyone can see a culling is needed....

CarlosPires
CarlosPires

Onde day  the robots will rise  by themeselves....no human will be accepted...